Who Was Jezebel?
The bible introduces us to Jezebel as the powerful & manipulating wife of King Ahab. Ahab was the king of Israel, but the Bible says Ahab son of Omri did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, even more than any of the kings before him. Ahab also married Jezebel, the daughter of King Ethbaal of the Sidonians, and he began to bow down in worship of Baal (The male deity of power and sexuality).
First, Ahab built a temple and an altar for Baal in Samaria, then Ahab set up an Asherah (The female goddess of fertility, love and war pole). Ahab did more to provoke the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than any of the other kings of Israel before him. The worship of Baal and Ashtoreth included temple prostitution where both men and women would do sex acts to raise money for religious activities in the temple.
Jezebel was a Phoenician priestess who saturated Israel with the worship of Baal, Asheroth and other pagan gods. Over 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophetess of Ashtoreth served Jezebel in her abominations of sex practices during the reign of Ahab. The Jezebel spirit is a demonic spirit of perversion, lust, manipulation, mind control, witchcraft and the occult. The Jezebel spirit is a very powerful demonic spirit, but the Lord Jesus can deliver and set us free from this bondage and stronghold by bringing us into truth and light if we truly wish to be free.
The Jezebel Spirit In The Church
Whether we recognize it or not, we see the Spirit of Jezebel operating everyday in our workplaces, our families and sadly enough even in our churches! When I was a young girl growing up in the pentecostal church, I was always told that Jezebel was a woman of the world who wore red dresses, bright red lip stick and who painted her nails red. This was the image of Jezebel that many of us grew up with in our minds and the image that some of us still believe to be true.
Sadly there are so many pastors that are manipulated and controlled by this deadly spirit. The Jezebel spirit hates the prophet and the prophetic voice. She will do anything to discredit and kill the prophet with her murderous spirit. Jezebel is a witch and she uses her witchcraft to control and set up her kingdom within the church.
You will see where this spirit will come in and befriend the pastor and his wife along with others in leadership. It never deals with the people it feels has no significance, other than to use them as her puppets and eunuchs. This spirit operates and moves like a snake and operates with the spirit of python. It will seem to be very friendly. It will charm you with gifts, generous monetary offerings and it will be available for any and everything the leader needs and wants. It is just when she has the trust of leadership and has directed her aim at heart that she strikes and bites spreading her venom.
The Jezebel will always have followers or what she likes to call her children. The children are just as dangerous to the church as she is. She will use these followers to spread the venom throughout the congregation. Lies, confusion, strife, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, competition and hatred are just a few of the manifestations a church will begin to see when a Jezebel spirit is in operation a church. There have been many churches that have split and were totally destroyed by this spirit. Once this spirit has gained control over a church, it takes a tremendous amount of spiritual warfare, prayer and fasting to become free. Here are some characteristics of the Jezebel spirit that can help you to identify the spirit.
10 Characteristics of the Jezebel Spirit:
1. It seeks to gain popularity and favor with people of influential and high positions of leadership.
2. It will seek out other individuals they feel are “weaker” to become followers of them.
3. It is never humble. Whenever this spirit receives praise, it always responds in false humility.
4. It is defensive and combative whenever confronted about anything.
5. It loves to teach and seeks to gain control in every situation.
6. It wants to be seen as the most spiritual and powerful one~typically loves to pray elaborate long prayers
7. It will not submit to authority
8. It loves to pray and impart evil demonic spirits into others especially in the church
9. It hates the voice of the prophet and seeks to control and destroy those who operate in the prophetic.
10. It will never repent!
Walk In Freedom
The Jezebel spirit must be confronted and exposed in order to end the manipulation and rule. If you can recognize any of the characteristics of the Jezebel spirit in your life you can begin by humbling yourself and pray to God for forgiveness. Repent for any ways that you have yielded yourself to be used by the spirit of Jezebel. Begin to walk in the truth of God’s word and the light of Jesus Christ will begin to lead you out of those dark places and your deliverance will begin a new work in you.